Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

July 19, 2004

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on July 19, 2004 in the school media center. Chairperson Fred Blaser called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Members present were Clerk Robert Carlson, Treasurer Robert Remer, Director Jeff Hecksel, Director Chester Hoernemann and Director Melissa Williams. Staff members present were Dr. James Redfield, Superintendent; Joe Miller, Assistant Superintendent; and Pam Lukens, School Principal. Ryan Gueningsman of the Winsted-Lester Prairie-New Germany Herald Journal was present along with members of the public to include Joe Scoblic and Kym DeBruckre and City of Lester Prairie Emergency Manager Steve Berg.

Vice-Chairman Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to approve the consent agenda as presented, the minutes from July 1, 2004 and bills in the amount of $12,134.84 (2003-2004 bills) and $80,847.84 (2004-2005 bills). Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

There was no communication received since the last meeting requiring board attention.

In old business, the board decided to table the action of the board from June 21, 2004 in regards to the school being a community storm shelter. City of Lester Prairie Emergency Manager Steve Berg presented his thoughts and concerns and indicated he would return to discuss the issue further.

Discussion took place in regards to staff hiring and recommendations that took place between board members and staff. Motion made by Hecksel, seconded by Williams accepting the resignation of Activities Director Hal Stevens. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hecksel directing the Assistant Superintendent and Principal to post, interview and hire an Activities Director/Assistant Principal 7-12. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Remer, seconded by Williams directing the Assistant Superintendent to post, interview and hire the following staff members: social studies/physical education teacher; math teacher and school counselor. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under policy and administration, Motion made by Remer, seconded by Carlson to approve Nonresident Agreements/Open Enrollment. There will be two coming in and two leaving. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Remer to approve the Assistant Superintendent contract for three years. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to hire Pam Lukens as the K-12 Principal and Community Education Director. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson to hire an interim Superintendent through December 31, 2004 with costs not to exceed $3600.00. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under school finances, a review of the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 budgets took place. No action took place.

Under school facilities, Assistant Superintendent Miller, requesting remodeling and improvements, presented a report. Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann approving the removal and replacement of carpet and a secretary’s desk in the main office area. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Williams approving the repair of certain areas of the roof and walls. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Williams, seconded by Carlson to approve and accept quotes to repair the playground surface. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under transportation issues, the board reviewed the contract with Prairie Bus Service. Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the contract with the transportation carrier for one year. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to accept the firm bid for milk from Meyer Brothers Dairy. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to accept the firm bid from Pan 0’ Gold for bread. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to accept the bid from Waste Management for garbage and trash removal. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Board reports followed. The Facilities Improvement Committee will prepare a presentation to the community.

Principal Pam Lukens informed the board she has very highly qualified para(s) and has been working on the school booklet.

Superintendent Joe Miller informed the board that he has received approximately 65 used computers. This means all teachers and staff will have a computer available to them.

Under new business, Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Blaser to allow for the Recognition of Outstanding Alumni as presented by Superintendent Miller. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Williams to approve the contract of the High School Math/Title One position. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

The board agreed on agenda items for the next meeting to include EMS Manager and the Storm Shelter Issue, New Hires (personnel), Fuel Bids and Interim Superintendent Issue.

The meeting adjourned at 9:03 p.m.

Robert N Carlson,

Clerk – District #424